Standing Committee

Client Attorney Privilege

  • Scope of Work:

    To monitor, comment and advise AIPPI on policy, regulatory and legal frameworks relating to “Client Attorney Privilege” (by which is meant any legal process which in effect protects clients from forcible disclosure of communications between clients and their IP advisers in relation to IP professional advice) including

    • identification of shortcomings in respect of Client Attorney Privilege nationally and/or internationally and suggestion of solutions to those shortcomings,
    • review of policy initiatives, and proposed regulatory and legislative changes.
    • review of regulatory and judicial decisions.
    • submission of comments and recommendations to the Bureau reflecting an appropriate balance between the interests of various stakeholders,
    • education of lawmakers, users and the public including industry

    (the Field).

    To advise the Bureau of:

    • developments in the Field meriting an AIPPI position, including any further study or analysis necessary or desirable to determine an AIPPI position;
    • possible avenues for cooperation with GOs and other NGOs in the Field.

    To identify, select and provide to the Bureau key documentation relevant to the Field.

    To serve as a resource for AIPPI when positions relevant to the Field are conveyed by AIPPI, including, in the absence of an existing AIPPI position, to formulate a position if requested by the Bureau.

    At the request of the Bureau, submit or represent, or instruct other AIPPI representatives, as to AIPPI’s position in international fora, including meetings of WIPO, WTO and other meetings of GOs and NGOs.

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  • Chair: Steven B. GARLAND (Canada)
  • Co-Chair: Wouter PORS (Netherlands)
  • Co-Chair: Shoichi OKUYAMA (Japan)
  • Co-Chair: James TUMBRIDGE (United Kingdom)
  • Secretary: Andri HESS (Switzerland)
  • Member: Ahmed M.G. ABOU ALI (Egypt)
  • Member: Pravin ANAND (India)
  • Member: Justin Chuma ANOSIKE (Nigeria)
  • Member: Russell A. BAGNALL (South Africa)
  • Member: Julie BALLANCE (New Zealand)
  • Member: Fernando BARREDA (Peru)
  • Member: Fernando BARREDA (Peru)
  • Member: Jacques BAUVIR (France)
  • Member: Sung Jai CHOI (Republic of Korea)
  • Member: Ejvind CHRISTIANSEN (Denmark)
  • Member: Cita CITRAWINDA NOERHADI (Indonesia)
  • Member: Pier Luigi DE ANNA (Italy)
  • Member: Luis DE LARRAMENDI (Spain)
  • Member: M.N. Aydin DERIS (Turkey)
  • Member: Peter FRANKE (Australia)
  • Member: David GILAT (Israel)
  • Member: Shalva GVARAMADZE (Georgia)
  • Member: Gunnar Orn HARDARSON (Iceland)
  • Member: Michal HAVLIK (Czech Republic)
  • Member: David W. HILL (United States of America)
  • Member: Tim JACKSON (New Zealand)
  • Member: Marius Jakulis JASON (Lithuania)
  • Member: Morris JOHN (Singapore)
  • Member: Urmas KAULER (Estonia)
  • Member: Yawar Irfan KHAN (Pakistan)
  • Member: Seong-ki KIM (Republic of Korea)
  • Member: Olga I. KOUZNETSOVA (Belarus)
  • Member: Dragana LEHOCKI (Serbia)
  • Member: Jeffrey LEWIS (United States of America)
  • Member: (Richard) Yi LI (China)
  • Member: Johanna LILJA (Finland)
  • Member: Margareta LINDEROTH (Sweden)
  • Member: Marja-Leena MANSALA (Finland)
  • Member: Gatis MERZVINSKIS (Latvia)
  • Member: Martin MICHAUS (Mexico)
  • Member: David MUSKER (United Kingdom)
  • Member: María Milagros NEBREDA (Venezuela)
  • Member: Valentina NESHEVA (Bulgaria)
  • Member: Rogelio C. NICANDRO (Philippines)
  • Member: Yuzuru OKABE (Japan)
  • Member: Jorge OTAMENDI (Argentina)
  • Member: Antonina PAKHARENKO-ANDERSON (Ukraine)
  • Member: Helen PAPACONSTANTINOU (Greece)
  • Member: Joao PEREIRA DA CRUZ (Portugal)
  • Member: Chew PHYE KEAT (Malaysia)
  • Member: Cristobal PORZIO (Chile)
  • Member: Shane SMYTH (Ireland)
  • Member: Helmut SONN (Austria)
  • Member: Amund Brede SVENDSEN (Norway)
  • Member: Wojciech TRYBOWSKI (Poland)
  • Member: József TáLAS (Hungary)
  • Member: Chavalit UTTASART (Thailand)
  • Member: Malin VAN ODIJK (Sweden)
  • Member: Raluca VASILESCU (Romania)
  • Member: Erwin-Detlef VON AHSEN (Germany)
  • Member: Mladen VUKMIR (Croatia)
  • Member: Alexey V. ZALESOV (Russian Federation)
  • Member: CLAUDIA Maria ZERAIK (Brazil)
  • Member: Juan Carolos Suarez (Colombia)
  • Non Member: Rula Nosseir (APPI-MAF)
  • Reporter General: Sarah MATHESON